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Exercise Your Way To Glowing Skin

Mar 1, 2008
There's no doubt that exercise can benefit the skin and maintain a healthy complexion. But what kind of exercise can one do to achieve the kind of skin that just glows?

Practically any exercise routine can provide beneficial effects on skin. Stretching is one good way to prepare the body for exercise, loosening up the muscles for any activity that will follow. This kind of activity does not take much effort, since even standing or sitting up straight already involve stretching. Simply extending your arms upwards and your legs forward constitutes stretching and are exercise in itself.

After stretching, one can proceed to more vigorous exercise routines, such as aerobic exercises. By definition, aerobic exercises are activities that increased blood circulation, making the delivery and transfer of oxygen more efficient throughout the rest of the body. This helps the skin in that it oxygenates the cells and helps remove toxins that we take in from eating processed foods and daily exposure to pollution, particularly smog and smoke.

Another exercise regimen that one can derive much pleasure from is bicycling. Apart from using leg muscles to its fullest capacity, riding a bike is also a popular recreational activity, allowing one to enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer. The sweat brought on by exercise not only cools the body, it also flushes out dirt and sebum produced by glands in the skin. This reduces the breakout of acne and allows the pore of the skin to breathe.

Running is also a popular exercise routine, especially for those near parks and woodlands. This particular activity can be especially enjoyable when done with friends or family. Running is a well-recognized form of dealing with stress brought on by daily lives. For those living with hectic schedules and are constantly plagued by deadlines, running allows some form of release from all the tension experienced by the mind and the body. This form of exercise also provides much benefit to the skin. Acne breakouts are associated with increased levels of male hormones in the body. Women, in particular, produce these hormones in smaller quantities. However, stress can cause the adrenal glands to increase its secretions of male hormones, leading to the occurrence of those dreaded pimples. Ergo, those whose skins are prone to acne breakouts can achieve clearer complexion through exercise. Reducing stress also means lesser chances of frowning, thereby helping to avoid the formation of lines around the mouth and eyes.

Consequently, running, or other forms of exercise like swimming, dancing, even weight lifting, also reduces the appearance of wrinkles by enhancing the build up of collagen in the body. For those not in the know, collagen is the substance that makes any part of our bodies firm and perky. Therefore, those who have no wishes to show signs of aging should make it a point to incorporate exercise in their daily or weekly routines.

Of course, all these exercise would come to naught if no changes in the overall lifestyle of a person. The benefits of exercise on the skin will not be achieved if one continues to smoke, drink heavily, and take drugs. These substances adversely affect the overall health of the skin, and must be avoided at all cost in order to achieve your best physically. Sleepless nights also contribute to unhealthy skin and appearance, so be sure to make it a point to get enough sleep.
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